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Learning Targets

SCIENCE

 

Understands ( Abstracting ) how some extinct organisms are similar to organisms living on Earth today. (C2)

Proficient Example:  Students can identify the similarities and differences (Compare and Contrast) between an extinct organism and a modern day living organism or organisms

Exceeds Proficient Example:  Students can predict which living organism has a better chance of surviving a catastrophic event based on how they compare to common extinct ancestor.

Understands ( Constructing Support ) why some organisms that once lived on Earth have completely disappeared. (C1)

Proficient Example:  Students can explain how a factor or combination of factors (biotic, abiotic, natural selection, reproductive methods) caused a species to go extinct.

Exceeds Proficient Example:  Students can draw conclusions and give multiple explanations for factors that caused a species to go extinct.

 

21st CENTURY SKILLS

 

Essential Questions

How are some extinct organisms similar to organisms living on Earth today?

 

Why have some organisms that once lived on earth completely disappeared?

Task

Overview

Give reasons and evidence that help Compare/Contrast the features and traits of an extinct organism and a modern day living organism.

Explain how a factor or combination of factors (biotic, abiotic, change in conditions/natural selection) caused a species to go extinct.

 

Description

 

 

Potential Organisms

  • Cockroach (giant)

  • Dragonfly (giant)

  • Horse (smaller)

  • Sloth (giant sloth)

  • Wild Pig (giant pig - daeodon)

  • Wombat

  • Crocodile

  • Sharks

  • Rhino

  • Turtle

  • Armadillo

  • Tiger (saber tooth)

  • Elephant (mammoth)

  • Capybara (giant)

 

Criteria

Final product should be . . .

12 Ancient Giants (And 1 Modern Marvel)

Cenozoic Beasts - Animated Size Comparison

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